Health, Spirituality

Clearing and Setting the Energy Tone of Your Home

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“Smudging”, or burning dried sage, is a practice that has been around for thousands of years. The intent behind burning the sage is to remove negative energy from a person or from a space. It really is as simple as that. I have been doing this for many years, and still, I tend to shy away from sharing that with the general public for fear of judgement.

The truth is, many people that I have encountered that are not familiar or open to energy work, still can relate to notion of feeling energy. Let me explain. Thoughts, emotions, and words all carry energy. The energy can be neutral, it can be positive, or it can be negative (or anywhere in between). If you were to walk into a room where someone is telling a funny story and everyone is laughing and having a good time, your energy shifts to blend with the general energy in the room. You too might find yourself smiling or laughing even if you haven’t heard the whole story. Likewise, if you happen to walk into a room where two people have been arguing, or maybe they haven’t argued in that room, but there is a tension between them, you can often sense that without anyone saying a word. Chances are, you would like to remove yourself from that room as quickly as possible. It just feels “uncomfortable”. These instances are perfect examples of feeling energy. You do not have to practice energy work, yoga, or even meditate to have an acute awareness of the energy around you.

The good news is that burning sage is just one way of clearing or shifting the energy in a room. There are other, less ritualistic, less “herb smelling”, and more widely accepted ways to shift energy. Palo Santo wood can also be burned with the same intent of clearing out negative energy and replacing it with positive, loving energy. It smells wonderful and can be found in many of the same shops where you can buy sage bundles. Burning incense can also help shift the energy of a room. There are a lot of different kinds of incense out there. I tend to shy away from the kinds that smell like a college dorm (you know what I mean) and I lean toward the higher quality incense such as those made by Shoyeido. My favorites are “cherry blossoms” and “eternal treasures”. They are mild and have a way of almost immediately raising my own energy. Not wanting to burn anything? You can also shift the energy of a space by playing music! When the children that I used to babysit (nearly 20 years ago) would begin arguing, I would often pop in a John Denver cd and we would quickly find ourselves dancing around the room to Rocky Mountain High or Thank God I’m a Country Boy. Of course, you don’t have to listen to John Denver, but you can quickly sense the energy of a song by tuning in to how a song makes you feel when you hear it. If the song makes you sad, or brings back difficult memories, choose a different song 🙂

While these techniques can shift energy quite effectively, I truly believe that maintaining the energy in your space by regularly using these tools is preferable. It is harder to shift from negative to positive than it is to maintain a neutral or positive energy level throughout your space.

The above techniques are just a few of the ways that I personally maintain or shift the energy in my own space. Of course, I still refer back to burning sage or using sage spray when I am aware of negative energy in a space, but these other techniques are key in setting the daily energetic tone of my home. I would love to hear other ideas. What do you do in your own home? What do you do to clear out negative energy?

With gratitude,

Maria

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Spirituality

Message for the New Year

Although this is a message for the new year, really this is a message that has been given through the ages. It is unchanged, delivered over and over through different types of people throughout the world in all different languages. The message is simply love. LOVE. LOVE. Love merges souls together. The idea that we are all from “One” is an old one, yet we still see each other as separate. Choose love. To share love freely binds our souls together. It reminds us that we truly do all come from one. You can touch more people and more lives by sharing your love and shining your light. Isn’t that what this world has always needed?

Our goal is to put our personal egos aside and share our light in 2015. So how do you do that? Let’s face it, sometimes it’s really hard. Sometimes you can freely speak to another person and speak from a loving space and it is heard. Other times, it truly cannot be heard or processed by the individual based on their own state of ego. That’s okay. When we maintain a state of showing love and light through our words, actions, and choices, it does bleed out into the world. We are not looking to change one person, or even a group of people, because that too is ego based. Our only goal is to share our love and our light.

Christina Licata, from Bees Knees Photography, and I are now blogging together. In this coming year, we would love to hear how you have experienced or expressed love and light. We will do the same through this blog. Together we can share ways, no matter how small, to share the love that is within us.

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In Peace,

Maria and Christina